National Seminar on Fisheries entitled "Optimization of Fishery Resources for Food Security" was held on Monday (4/30) at University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM). The seminar organized by Fisheries Department Students Association of Faculty of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (FPP) UMM was attended by participants from 23 universities all over Indonesia.
The event arranged into series with peak event of KLB of Indonesian Fisheries Student Asociation presented four speakers: Dr. Jumbuh Rukomono, M.Si from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries; Dr. Ir. David Hermawan, MP (FPP UMM); Dr. Hasni Yuliati Azis, (Unhas Makasar) and Ir. Widodo Farid Ma’ruf, M.Sc, PhD (Chairman of Seaweed Forum).
Vice Rector III, Dr. Diah Karmiati, M.Si, said that food is a very interesting topic of discussion. The event could provide more knowledge and improved the related field.
Fisheries commodity utilization in Indonesia was discussed alot in the seminar. Indonesia with good physiography is very supportive for the business development on fisheries which might act as profit center for this country. Jumbuh said other countries might not have asset such as natural potentials and various fish species as Indonesia.
“Based on studies, fisheries will be potential commodity to answer society's needs especially for those who care about their health,” explained Jumbuh. Besides, seaweed cultivation is an alternative. Seaweed contains many advantages such as anticipation for global warming and energy crisis.
Similarly, Widodo Farid stated 50% demand on raw seaweed was supplied directly from Indonesia. However, in term of processed products, Indonesia was only ranked seven. “Demand on seaweed in global market which becomes the object of six ministries continues to increase. Industry development on foods, cosmetics and pharmacy underlies the increasing demand,” he said.
Widodo added mastery on low cultivation technique has resulted problems on the seaweed development in Indonesia as well as technology and low knowledge of society. They have become serious obstacle. A big human resource even could not be maximum in its usage. Changing our people's culture from agriculture to aquaculture is actually easy as well. “Moreover, it is supported by the seaweed as the medium,” he continued.
Support from government is also necessary for the optimization. Thus, every region would be able to cultivate the seaweed properly. “We expect of different characteristics coming from each region,” concluded Widodo. (uci/nas/t_alf)